Teal (Anas crecca)
Species
Drake Teal (Anas crecca). Drake. Taken at Cley Marshes, Norfolk, on October 12th 2017.
Drake. Taken at Cley Marshes, Norfolk, on October 12th 2017.
(1/500th sec at f14. Click image for larger version. © David Hastings)

Female. Taken at Slimbridge, Gloucs, on October 29th 2013.
(1/640th sec at f10. © David Hastings)

Description

L: 34 - 43 cm; WS: 53 - 59 cm

Teals are small dabbling ducks. Males have chestnut coloured heads with broad green eye-patches, a spotted chest, grey flanks and a black edged yellow tail. Females are mottled brown. Both show bright green wing patches in flight.

Teal can be found throughout the British Isles.

They favour northern moors and mires for breeding. In winter birds congregate in low-lying wetlands in the south and west.

Many continental birds spend the winter in Britain.

This is an Amber-list species because the UK is home to a significant percentage of the NW European wintering population.

Sightings

30-Nov-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
13-Nov-2018 : Extremadura, Spain (2)
20-Oct-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon (3)
10-Oct-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon (10+)
30-Sep-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
06-Sep-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon
09-Jun-2018 : Titchwell Marsh, Norfolk (12)
26-Mar-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon
25-Mar-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon
12-Mar-2018 : Fuerteventura, Canary Islands
24-Feb-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon
12-Feb-2018 : Radley Lakes, Oxon
05-Feb-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon
04-Feb-2018 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (12)
30-Jan-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
18-Jan-2018 : Slimbridge, Glos (700+)
17-Jan-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon (250+)
15-Jan-2018 : Radley Lakes, Oxon
07-Jan-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon
03-Jan-2018 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (4)

18-Dec-2017 : Radley Lakes, Oxon
16-Dec-2017 : Standlake Common, Oxon
04-Dec-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon
16-Nov-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon
05-Nov-2017 : Rushy Common, Oxon
01-Nov-2017 : Standlake Common, Oxon
30-Oct-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon
12-Oct-2017 : Cley Marshes, Norfolk
10-Oct-2017 : Titchwell Marsh, Norfolk
09-Oct-2017 : Titchwell Marsh, Norfolk
03-Oct-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon
26-Aug-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon
30-May-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon
15-Mar-2017 : Port Meadow, Oxford, Oxon
19-Feb-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon
04-Feb-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon
28-Jan-2017 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (200+)
21-Jan-2017 : Standlake Common, Oxon
02-Jan-2017 : Standlake Common, Oxon

28-Dec-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon
24-Dec-2016 : Standlake Common, Oxon
13-Nov-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon
23-Oct-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon
09-Oct-2016 : Standlake Common, Oxon
13-Mar-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon
06-Mar-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (22+)
27-Feb-2016 : Standlake Common, Oxon (60+)
25-Feb-2016 : Port Meadow, Oxford, Oxon (100+)
04-Feb-2016 : Port Meadow, Oxford, Oxon
23-Jan-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon
16-Jan-2016 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (4)

20-Dec-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (60+)
22-Nov-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon
24-Oct-2015 : Titchwell Marsh, Norfolk
23-Oct-2015 : Cley Marshes, Norfolk
27-Sep-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (10+)
02-Aug-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
27-Apr-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (20+)
22-Apr-2015 : Port Meadow, Oxford, Oxon
19-Apr-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
16-Apr-2015 : Port Meadow, Oxford, Oxon
10-Apr-2015 : Port Meadow, Oxford, Oxon
09-Apr-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (4+)
06-Apr-2015 : Stratfield Brake, Oxon (3)
22-Feb-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
18-Feb-2015 : University Parks, Oxford, Oxon
01-Feb-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon
17-Jan-2015 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (8+)

13-Dec-2014 : Radley Lakes, Oxon
29-Nov-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon
20-Nov-2014 : Port Meadow, Oxford, Oxon (8+)
19-Oct-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon
01-Aug-2014 : Leighton Moss, Lancashire (2)
05-May-2014 : Tregaron Bog, Ceredigion (1)
03-Apr-2014 : Port Meadow, Oxford, Oxon
24-Mar-2014 : Port Meadow, Oxford, Oxon
23-Mar-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (10)
20-Mar-2014 : Port Meadow, Oxford, Oxon
16-Feb-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon
02-Feb-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (6)
12-Jan-2014 : Radley Lakes, Oxon
05-Jan-2014 : Radley Lakes, Oxon
02-Jan-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (30+)